Motshekga still wants distancing rule reduced for schools

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Motshekga still wants distancing rule reduced for schools

The education minister wants more children in class, but is playing it by ear for now, while also monitoring dropouts

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Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is still determined to reduce the social distancing requirement in primary schools from 1m to half a metre so more children can attend classes daily.

This comes despite a rejection by teacher unions of her proposal early this month.

Giving an update on the basic education sector’s response to the affect of Covid-19 on schooling during a media briefing on Sunday, she said they did not ask the department of health for a further reduction from 1m to 0.5m because of high levels of infection in the third wave...

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